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Dan Biggar: proud to be appointed Wales captain for this  season’s  Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Dan Biggar wants it to be a case of business as usual after being appointed Wales captain for this season’s Six Nations Championship. The Northampton(...)

Felipe Contepomi expects Bath to mount a considerable challenge at the Rec when Leinster arrive for Saturday’s European encounter. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

At face value, last Sunday’s facile win against Montpellier cannot have served much purpose for the competition or more pertinently for Leinster, othe(...)

Attendance was restricted to 6,000 for Ireland’s Test against the USA at Aviva Stadium last summer. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the biggest problems with the notion of a globally aligned rugby season is that the Six Nations might be moved from its slot early in the calen(...)

Wales’ Nick Tompkins breaks away to score after intercepting an Australian pass at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

In the end, as so often these days, it was all about the cards. Wales emerge from their autumn with two wins from four, a more than credible return gi(...)

 Beauden Barrett: ‘He’s just a quality person. The thing I love about him is that he prepares the team first and then himself. He’s very selfless,’ said New Zealand coach Ian Foster. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes Wales’ selection issues have been “blown up a little bit” and had no interest in assuaging pessimism surrounding(...)

Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg scores the second goal against Czech Republic in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Valentin Ogirenko/EPA

By beating the Czech Republic in Baku, Denmark have reached their fourth European Championship semi-final. They have won one, against the Netherlands(...)

 England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the ball clear during their win over Germany earlier this week. Photograph: John Sibley/Getty Images

Five months ago Jordan Pickford walked out at Anfield into the eye of a storm. His form for Everton had been poor for several months. He had been brie(...)

 Wales’ midfielder Aaron Ramsey during his team’s Euro 2020 last 16 defeat to Denmark. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Getty Images

Hal Robson-Kanu’s timeless Cruyff turn allowed Wales to walk on air at the last European Championship but on Saturday, in the arena renamed in homage(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma  vies for the ball with Wales’ midfielder Aaron Ramsey   at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/POOL/AFP

As Italy cruised to their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard from the stands. The whistles in the 8(...)

Wales fans watching the  Euro 2020 group  match between Italy and Wales at a bar  in Cardiff.  Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

One lad was wearing an FC Barcelona shirt and another a Swansea City top. But the vast majority of the young footballers training on the pristine 3G p(...)

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